1) Psychotic Reactions & Caburetor Dung, by Lester Bangs -- just because.
2) Republican Party Reptile, by P.J. O' Rourke -- heh heh heh.
3) Gravity's Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon -- to remind myself that it's okay to be an insufferably unbearably overliterate know-it-all snot sometimes.
4) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson -- one for the road.
5) Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman -- I was fourteen when I had this epiphany: "huh! Whitman wasn't a fag. He wasn't anything! He wanted to fuck/make love to the whole these continental United States. Don't try to pigeonhole him!"
6) Hardball, by Chris Matthews -- credentials in case I start looking for political work on the Hil.
7) King James Bible, by God & a committee of the human race -- a garish Gideon edition I ripped from a hotel in Savannah, GA during my grandmother's funeral two years ago.
8) The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words -- because of one of my job leads.
9) War & Peace, by Count Leo Tolstoy -- because every bookshelf should have it. Good for squashing spiders, too.
10) The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkein -- because I never read it when I was a teenager and saw a complete copy at Borders for five dollars cheap and bought it. I will read it, someday.
11) Gates of the House -- a Reform Jewish prayerbook, see 8) above.
12) Fireside Chats, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- a Penguin pocketbook that was the last thing I grabbed to read on the plane to DC as I headed out the door. Best quote from the back cover: "FDR was the longest sitting president in American history." Chortle, chortle.
13) The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America -- self evident.